It's January, the month when we choose our New Year's resolutions and set ourselves challenges for the year ahead. And one of the most popular is 'Veganuary', so we've put together a list of Sustrans staff recommended vegan-friendly eateries on the National Cycle Network that are guaranteed to tickle your taste buds.
One of Liverpool’s top vegan restaurants, you’ll find Down the Hatch right along National Route 56 in Ropewalks – the creative bohemian heart of Liverpool.
When you arrive, head down to ‘Seitan’s Basement’ and indulge in an array of mouth-watering vegan junk food. The majority of the menu is vegan, with a selection of vegetarian options available too. So whether you want a hearty bowl of mac n cheese, a spicy seitan burger, salad or fries – Down the Hatch has got you covered. There’s also a fantastic collection of vegan sauces to choose from and you can even get yourself a jar of your favourite to take away. Planning your trip in advance? Take your own jar and save yourself some cash with their discounted offer.
Located just off National Route 14, the Jumping Bean is Durham’s first ever established vegan eatery and is easy to reach when taking in the wonderful Network in the city.
They’re all about creating a variety of scrumptious plant-based takes on all of your fast food favourites. So whether you fancy a vegan hotdog, dirty fries, or nachos all washed down with a vegan milkshake – the Jumping Bean is the place to be.
Right in the heart of Bournemouth’s vibrant and quirky Triangle and just a short detour from National Route 25 is the outstanding Mad Cucumber vegan lounge.
With a cosy vibe and friendly staff, grab yourself a table and order from an array of lip smacking vegan dishes and finish off with one of their incredible homemade cakes. From breakfast burritos, wraps, chilli and curry – you certainly won’t go hungry here. They have a bunch of delicious daily specials too including quiche, stews, nut roasts and if you’re lucky their famous sweet potato moussaka might make an appearance.
A stone’s throw away from National Route 4 and tucked just behind the Tate Modern sits Tibits, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant selling fresh and delicious salads, breakfasts, soups and pressed juices.
It’s the perfect pit-stop to pull over and refuel any time of the day. And if you’re on the go, you can grab a tasty takeaway for your bike ride. Tuesday’s are totally vegan too, but every day of the week the food bar is at least 80% vegan – perfect for Veganuary.
Close by the Marriott’s Way sits Namaste, a family-run authentic Indian restaurant serving a variety of dishes from across India. It’s cosy, intimate atmosphere along with helpful and welcoming staff will make you feel right at home.
From northern to southern India, their jam packed menu will take your taste buds on a mini-adventure, featuring a selection masala dosas, delicately spiced curries and aromatic side dishes. Stop off here after the 15-mile ride from Reepham to Norwich for a guaranteed way to satisfy your hanger.
With their wholesome and appetising veggie and vegan dishes prepared and cooked fresh every day, the Great Oak Café definitely has to be on the list when cycling in Llanidloes.
They have a huge range of organic and fair trade coffee, teas and hot chocolate, as well as serving incredible vegan shakes. Couple one of their delicious beverages with a wonderful homemade vegan apricot and date flapjack for the perfect pairing. Want something more substantial? They’ve got a tasty and varied menu including soups, lasagne, Thai and Indian curries, pizza and flans. Delicious!
Around since 2002, Mono provides great food, amazing music and good times all round. It’s a vegan café bar based in Glasgow’s Merchant city and is not to be missed when enjoying National Route 75.
They serve fresh, home cooked favourites with loads of delicious starters, mains and puddings to choose from. They’ve got pizzas, burgers, hotdogs, stews, noodle salads and tasty sides to help you fill your boots. There really is something for everyone at Mono, and if you’re lucky you may even catch an international band, exhibition, book reading or art performance whilst you’re there.
A short detour off National Route 65 will take you straight to the doors of the Green Room in Middlesborough, a perfect spot to take a break and revel in some truly tasty food.
This vegan bistro provides wholesome, yummy home cooking with a good selection of gluten-free options too. With a lovely laidback atmosphere and friendly staff, they’ve got a varied lunchtime and dinner menu of mains and desserts for you to sink your teeth into. And to top it all off, you can even try out their vegan version of the Middlesbrough classic ‘Parmo’.
Just a short hop up the hill from National Route 92 is one of the best veggie and vegan restaurants in Derry. Hidden City Café is a delightful, independent family-run café creating healthy and tasty dishes using organic and local ingredients.
From breakfast plates and salads, to soups and sandwiches, there’s a great variety of good quality and hearty food. They sell scrumptious sweet treats too, including tasty vegan cupcakes, muffins and incredible rocky road – the perfect place to stop off on your ride or walk.
Right along National Route 3 in Glastonbury is the wonderful Excalibur Café. It’s the perfect place to pull over and refuel with locally sourced, organic and often wild crafted dishes.
Get yourself down there to experience Arthur’s feast – a vegan buffet with a wide selection of vibrant and colourful salads, seasonal veg, hot dishes and loads of dressings. Just pay for the plate size you want and you can even get it to takeaway if you’re short on time. After just a snack and drink? They have a great selection of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and delicious raw biscuits.
Just off National Route 1 in Inverness is the chilled out and quirky Velocity Café. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and the coffee and cakes are heaven.
Open seven days a week, they serve delicious vegan and vegetarian food using locally sourced and organic ingredients. Fuel all of your breakfast needs with tasty pastries and granola bowls, warm up with a steamy bowl of soup and a hunk of fresh bread, or just stop by for a coffee and a piece of homemade carrot cake. And as if that wasn’t enough, they also have a workshop with experts who can help you give your bike some TLC.
If you’re enjoying National Route 5 in Bangor, get yourself over to Voltaire for an incredible, fresh foodie experience.
Set in a cosy and intimate venue, Voltaire’s healthy and delicious world menu certainly won’t disappoint. Indulge in a scrummy burger and fries with their signature own-recipe sweet hot sauce, get yourself a steaming hot curry, share a pizza and onion ring combo on Pizza Mondays and wash your meal down with an array of colourful ‘mocktails’.